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Of Interest to Bloggers

3.13.2006

Might be the forthcoming launch of 'Comment Is Free' by the Guardian. Its being billed by them as:

"...a major expansion of Guardian comment and analysis on the web. It is a collective group blog, bringing together regular columnists from the Guardian and Observer newspapers with other writers and commentators representing a wide range of experience and interests. The aim is to host an open-ended space for debate, dispute, argument and agreement and to invite users to comment on everything they read.

The blog is updated regularly through the day, with best blogs featuring on our pick of the day. We also carry all the comment from the Guardian and Observer newspapers, giving readers the chance to comment on these articles directly for the first time.

Comment is free is the home of If, the cartoon strip by Steve Bell - Britain's most celebrated political cartoonist - making its debut on Guardian Unlimited after 25 years in the paper. Dan Chung, our award-winning photographer, also has his own photo-blog. And we regularly podcast Guardian and Observer political and cultural debates."

The site only appears to have gone live in the past while (from Pickled Politics), but is intended to host a wider range of commentators than the Guardian's own comment page. Its a pretty intriguing experiment in group blogs and new media. One which is choc-full of potential in theory. I and I'm sure other bloggers too, will wait with interest to see what comes of this major meeting of MSM and Bloggers.

The press Gazette also carry some interesting insights into the legality and difficulties of a major media organ opening up to comments from all sorts.

What do you reckon bloggers, ought we start beating down the doors of our own establishments to look for an Irish version of this meeting of the minds? Or is it another Pajama Media in the offing?

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  1. Blogger Simon | 10:59 p.m. |  

    maybe could expand irish election to beyond the election.

  2. Blogger Cian | 11:27 p.m. |  

    over the long term it looks like a runner. Especially if the effort by gruan is successful.
    Is there a broader market for it or is it going to be read only by irish bloggers do you reckon?
    C

  3. Blogger Editor | 4:31 p.m. |  

    Of course, you could always send your considered long form essays to
    tuppenceworth.ie via the editor at smcgarrATtuppenceworthDOTie

    *ahem* -shuffles feet-

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